Australia Day Celebrations –
Launceston & Northern Tasmania
Australia Day Celebrations – Launceston & Northern Tasmania – 25-26 January, 2017
Wednesday 25 January
CHILLI SKYFIRE FIREWORKS
5pm-late | Royal Park, Launceston
Celebrate seven years of Chilli being on the air with fireworks, show rides and great food and drink. Bring your picnic blanket, bring your dancing shoes, but most of all, BRING IT ON!
Fireworks from 9.15-9.30pm FREE entry! Alcohol & smoke free event.
AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS AND CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY
6pm-8pm | Tamar Function Centre, 1 Windsor Drive, Riverside
West Tamar Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held at the Tamar Function Centre, 1 Windsor Drive, Riverside on Wednesday 25th January 2017.
Please RSVP to Kaitlin Roach, Community Development Officer on 63239200 by Wednesday 18th January, 2017.
DORSET AUSTRALIA DAY CIVIC CEREMONY
7pm-8.30pm | Mechanics Hall, Scottsdale
The Dorset Australia Day Awards are presented annually and recognise outstanding individuals/groups that make a real contribution and difference to our community. This year the awards will be presented at the Dorset Australia Day Awards Ceremony, to be held at 7 pm on the 25th of January at the Mechanics Hall in Scottsdale. They will be presented by Australia Day Ambassador Andrew Hughes, adventure teacher and 2013 Tasmanian Australian of the Year! All community members are welcome to attend.
Thursday 26 January
AUSTRALIA DAY CITIZENSHIP AND AWARDS CEREMONY
10am-12pm | 47 Tamar St., Launceston
The City of Launceston will host an Australia Day Citizenship, Awards and Flag Raising ceremony at the Albert Hall from 10.00am. This will be followed by Music in the Park in City Park featuring the City of Launceston RSL Band with free train rides and a jumping castle for the children from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY AT HADSPEN
8am-1pm | Main St., Hadspen, Tasmania
Location: Main Street, Hadspen, Tasmania, Australia
Australia Day Celebrations – Hadspen Lions Including a Car Boot Sale and Market Bring the family, bring the dog – have an egg and bacon roll for breakfast, hamburger or snags for lunch. Enjoy a relaxing day by the riverbank and grab a bargain whilst your there. Entry is free to the public. If you are interested in selling there is a small fee of $10 per space and sellers are to arrive early around 7am to be set up by 8am for more details contact Leigh via Hadspen Lions Facebook page
GREAT MOSCOW CIRCUS
2pm & 7.30pm | Tasman Park Racecourse, Mowbray
OPENING AUSTRALIA DAY FOR 2 WEEKS ONLY – TICKETS FROM $29
Thursday 26 Jan to Sunday 05 Feb 2017 – For bookings & times: THE GREAT MOSCOW CIRCUS
peppers york cove – GOURMET BARBECUE LUNCH
12pm | George Town, Tasmania
NORTHERN MIDLANDS COUNCIL AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS PRESENTATION & ACTIVITIES
4pm-10pm | Perth, Tasmania, Australia
4pm formalities commence with a citizenship ceremony, presentation of Australia Day awards and Volunteer Recognition and an address by Dr. Christina Henri, Australia Day ambassador. Free family entertainment all afternoon including games, cricket match, face painting and jumping castle. Free community BBQ and the canteen will be open to purchase other refreshments. Families can bring their own food and non alcoholic beverages.
5.15pm | All Star Cheer and Dance Tasmania will perform a routine and facilitate activity stations where children can participate.
7.30pm | Popular band Midnight Rendezvous
8.45pm | The outdoor cinema will show Australian film ‘Paper Planes’ rated G. Bring a blanket, chair or bean bag and watch with the family.
ROTARY CLUB OF WESTBURY – AUSTRALIA DAY BREAKFAST
7.30am-10am | 7 Lonsdale Promenade, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia
Australia Day Breakfast 7.30-10am (Gluten free options)
Entry: $12 per person or $25 family
Proceeds to support: New Horizons Club Inc
GEORGE TOWN AWARDS CEREMONY AND FAMILY FUN DAY
8.30am-4pm | Macquarie Street, George Town, Tasmania, Australia
George Town Council invites members of the community to join us at our Australia Day event and celebrate our great Nation. Come dressed in your favourite Australia Day outfit.
Australia Day Awards Ceremony & Breakfast
The day commences at 8.30am with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony and the announcement of our Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Event of the Year. Special Guest will be our Australia Day Ambassador, Sally Wise. Sally is the best selling author of 12 cook books and a regular guest on ABC local radio. The Awards Ceremony will be followed by a free community Breakfast.
Free Family Day in Regent Square
So much for the family to do as we celebrate Australia Day in Regent Square between 11am-4pm.
Food & Refreshments
Lots of children’s activities, including Egg & Spoon Races, Sack Races, Tug of War, Face Painting, Jumping Castles, Badge Making, Gumboot Throwing competition.
Live Music from the Bell Buoys !!
FAMILY FUN DAY AT GREENS BEACH
9am-2pm | Greens Beach
Australia Day at Greens Beach is on again this year.
FREE DAY – Sausage sizzle, free drinks, Beach activities, Kids treasure hunt, sand sculptures, beach races, football, handball comp and much more. This is a totally FREE DAY all that you need to bring is You and your family. (Sunscreen would be a handy item to pack).
AUSTRALIA DAY COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
8am-11am | 51 Sorell St., Chudleigh
An Australia Day Community Breakfast will be held at the Chudleigh Memorial Hall and Gardens.
Cost: $15.00 per person, children under 10 free. Complimentary glass of champagne or juice on arrival. Come along, bring your friends for a great day to support your local community.
Date: Thursday 26 January 2017, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Bridport, Tasmania, Australia
Yes, this popular event is on again, kicking off at 10 am on the 26th of January! This FREE family fun day will be located on Gofton’s Beach, with the Bridport Surf Life Saving Club running the event. There will be entertainment for all, including beach activities, competitions, food stalls, music and more! 10 am sees the start of the Great Boat Race… on sand! …followed by sprints, sack races, the jelly drop, lolly scramble, three-legged race, sand sculptures competition, tug of war and more throughout the day! Food, drink and icecream are available all day – come along and enjoy what will be a great event! For any enquiries, please contact Bridport Splash Coordinator, Derek Arnold, on 0419 308 975. And don’t forget your sunscreen!
PORT SORELL LIONS CLUB WATERSLIDE
9am-11.30am | Port Sorell Bowls Club, Meredith St., Port Sorell.
For a number of generations, people visiting Port Sorell on Australia Day have delighted in participating in the Port Sorell Lions Club Waterslide held on the Port Sorell Bowls Club hillside in Meredith Street. This free activity will be offered again on Australia Day.
Active from 9.00am and continuing through to 11.30am, the club will also be offering food & refreshments with a community BBQ and their infamous pancakes. Entertainment is being provided by the talented Josh Tome. Come along this Australia Day and remember to be sun safe.
AUSTRALIA DAY AXEMANS COMPETITION
9am-4pm | Bells Parade, Latrobe
If you’ve ever wanted to see axeman at their best, come along to the Henley-on-Mersey Wood Chopping Competition on Australia Day. Timber sizes range from 250mm, 275mm and 300mm and include standing and underhand chops by juniors, veterans and time handicapped choppers just to even the field out a bit. The feature event for the wood chopping will be the 300mm Elimination State Title. This will see the top 16 axemen in the State battle it out in one on one knock out rounds. 60 entries have been received with competing axeman coming from throughout Tasmania as well as visiting axemen from Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, Canada and New York.
Come along and lend your voice to get your favourite wood chopper over the line.range from 250mm, 275mm and 300mm and include standing and underhand chops by juniors, veterans and time handicapped choppers just to even the field out a bit.
IRON TRIAL – TASMANIA – ARNOLD STRONGMAN QUALIFIER
9am-2pm | Bells Parade, Latrobe, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania’s first Arnold Strongman qualifier competition. Held at Bells Parade, Latrobe in conjunction with Henley on the Mersey, 26th January 2017 on Australia Day. If you want to be cheered on by a massive crowd, you will be very hard pressed to find a competition with as many spectators and people cheering you on. Big call! But it’s up there with the bigger spectator events in Australia and that’s why we are excited!
Five gruelling events set to test the strength, power and stamina of competitors are listed below;
Carry the yoke 20m up and 20m back over a grassy course as fast as possible.
TYRE FLIP & FARMER CARRY MEDLEY
Flip a heavy tyre 20m as fast as possible, upon the tyre being flipped over the end line, carry the farmers handles back to the start.
Lift and press the monster dumbbell from the ground to overhead as many times in 75sec as possible. You may clean with 2 hands, however you must only have 1 hand on the handle prior to the dipping motion of the press.
A car or a heavy tyre will be placed on a frame with neutral grip handles. Lift the frame for as many reps as possible in 75sec.
HAND OVER HAND PULL
While seated, hold a rope and pull a car or truck hand over hand past a certain point.
Interest in more details, including PRIZES and how to register go to the IRON TRIAL FACEBOOK PAGE.
HENLEY-ON-MERSEY AUSTRALIA DAY FESTIVAL
9am-5pm | Bells Parade, Latrobe, Tasmania
Ferret racing at Henley-on-Mersey creates great excitement and anticipation amongst the audience but is also steeped in tradition. The practice was that a ferret would be placed down a rabbit hole and with due fervour seek out the rabbit,out the rabbit, which tries to escape through another outlet only to be caught by a net over same. Many properties in the district were originally purchased thanks to the efforts of ferreting and the resulting rabbit pelt income. At Henley-on-Mersey this is imitated with ferrets placed in one end of a pipe with the first ferret to fully emerge from the pipe at the other end being declared the winner.
The conduct of the highly successful Bell’s Parade Duathlon will also be held. Further information is available online from Cradle Coast Triathlon.
Other activities include:
- Ferret Racing
- Archery Competition
- Whip Cracking Demonstration
- Egg Throwing Competition
- Dragons Abreast Display
- Sheaf Tossing Competition
- Henley State Series Duathlon
- Betta Boat Land Race
- Latrobe Federal Band
- Ferret Chocolate Wheel
- Great Aussie Cherry Spit Competition
- Wood Chopping
- Model Boats
- Nearest the Pin Golf Competition
- Iron Trial Strongman Exhibition
- Historic Machinery
- Veteran Cars
- Helicopter rides
- Gumboot Throwing Competition
- Novelty Challenges
- 501st Copperhead Squad
- Sand Art
- Slipstream Circus Workshops
- Model Boats
- Sherwood Hall
- Pioneering Display
- Face Painting
- Hurdy Gurdy rides
- Zorb Balls and Slider
- Wildlife Display
Food and refreshments are available throughout the grounds.
Admission is $5 for adults with $1.00 children. Under 5’s and ferrets FREE!
KENTISH AUSTRALIA DAY BREAKFAST
8am-11am | Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia
The Kentish Australia Day Celebrations 2017 is a free event open to all Kentish residents and located in the historic King George V Park, Sheffield. Guests will be provided with entertainment and pancakes breakfast. Awards will be presented in the categories of Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the year, Community Event of the Year and volunteer recognition awards.
RSVPs are essential for catering purposes by contacting Chris@kentish.tas.gov.au
SPORTIE’S AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
12noon-11.30pm | Sporties Hotel, 252 Charles St., Launceston
Celebrate the best day of the year at Sporties! We will be kicking things off on the deck at Midday with a BBQ including Lamb rolls, Kebabs and Hot Dogs! The J’s Hottest 100 will be pumping outside, a section of the Carpark will be closed off with wading pools and games. Prizes for the number 1 pick in the countdown and Randall Foxx playing on the deck after the number 1 play!
ROSEVEARS WATERFRONT TAVERN – AUSTRALIA DAY PARTY
1pm-5pm | Chance to win a Webber BBQ and MORE prizes all day
Tickets $20 include Spit Roast and free Boags XXXX or XXX pint
Live Music – Charlie & Me plus Take2
Free Bus from OKeefes 12.30pm returning from Rosevears 5.00pm – bookings essential 03 6394 4074
3.30pm | Entertainment & Drinks in the brand new outdoors addition